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phantom_cyph 02-08-2008 11:17 PM

Reviews of Asus EeePC
 
Do you have one? Is it any good?

If you don't, what do you think of the specs? I'm curious as to whether or not it is worth the money.

Micro420 02-09-2008 02:56 AM

I have the ASUS 8G model. I do like it, but the only slightly annoying thing is the keyboard. It is quite small and a little hard to get used to.

I wiped my default Linux off and installed Windows XP via a USB flash drive. It runs well and everything works - sound, web cam, wireless, and NIC.

For $500 (8G model), I think it is worth it. I am happy with the purchase and I use it once in awhile to take to the coffee shop and surf the internet.

tredegar 02-09-2008 05:02 AM

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Do you have one? Is it any good?
I have a 4G. I am very happy with it. It is tiny, light, portable, and "just works".
I am still running xandros, but considering installing kubuntu.
There is a whole load of information on, discussion about, and details of hacks and improvements to the eee over on the eee forums & wiki:
http://forum.eeeuser.com/
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/reviews/

colinstu 02-09-2008 05:13 AM

The only thing making me not wanting to buy one is the small screen. Tell me when there is a 8/9/10" model.

Micro420 02-09-2008 02:08 PM

The screen size is actually not an issue for me. Yes, it would be nice to be a little bit bigger, and they are coming out with a new one that is like 0.5" bigger, but still same technical specs. The screen size is fine. When I browse using Fifrefox, I just put it in full screen mode. Works fine for traveling and basic usage.

colinstu 02-09-2008 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Micro420 (Post 3051674)
The screen size is actually not an issue for me. Yes, it would be nice to be a little bit bigger, and they are coming out with a new one that is like 0.5" bigger, but still same technical specs. The screen size is fine. When I browse using Fifrefox, I just put it in full screen mode. Works fine for traveling and basic usage.

Try browsing a 1024x768 webpage on that tiny 800x480 screen...

I was almost thinking of buying one, throw in 2GB ram, XP, and a 8GB SDHC card, but that screen still is too small.

I like the fact it is pretty cheap, and even though it's kinda thick it's just smaller in every other dimension and is very light.

But just think of what kind of power could be packed in laptops this size 2 years from now? Look at what we had 2 years earlier... Look at what we had 8 years earlier...

Mega Man X 02-09-2008 07:15 PM

I want one too. Still, I also feel the screen to be a bit too small. It still was not released over here, but as usual, it will probably cost a lot more than the US version, which will probably make it a bit salty...

phantom_cyph 02-09-2008 07:15 PM

Do you guys know where to buy the $200 version? I can only find the $300

Micro420 02-09-2008 08:50 PM

You guys complain that the screen is small, and it is, but I'm telling you guys that it's not a big deal. I have not had a problem visiting my news websites and forums, and working with programs on that small 7" screen. OF course I wish it were bigger, but it works for the size and price. You have seen it in person, right? If you want and need a mobile laptop for basic use, then the ASUS eee is the one to get. I don't expect anybody to use it as a main computer, although you could plug in an external monitor and USB keyboard/mouse and make it a main computer.

I don't think there is a $200 version. The 2G is $299, 4G is $399, and the 8G is $499.

One thing that I wish it had was bluetooth. Some guy did physically modify his to have bluetooth.

Robhogg 02-10-2008 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Micro420 (Post 3051934)
One thing that I wish it had was bluetooth. Some guy did physically modify his to have bluetooth.

I was sitting with someone in the pub who was using a USB dongle to connect to his mobile phone for web-surfing purposes. He said, though, that he knew of someone who had made the same mod. Apparently there are a couple of spare USB headers on the main board.

I did hear that there were larger-screen models in the pipeline, but that these may come pre-installed with Windows and not be completely Linux-compatible. Apparently, they will come with WiMax as well, and there's a dearth of Linux drivers.

I do think that the 4GB models I've seen would be perfectly usable for many purposes (though I wouldn't want to type a long report on it).

Micro420 02-10-2008 10:12 PM

Yes, I visited one of the eee user forums and some guy detailed out how he did it. The thing is that it requires completely taking apart the laptop and soldering on the circuit board. I'm not really experienced in that kind of thing so I will leave it alone for the time being. Maybe in the next year or two I will try it.

thorn168 02-11-2008 01:34 PM

One of the drawbacks to this system is that it can not have journaled file system.

Also creating a /tmp or swap partition is also a problem because if you do create/use, journaling, /tmp or swap you will increase the amount of read/write cycles to the flash drive.

Since Flash drives only have a finite amount of read/write cycles the drive will wear out faster with the above mentioned options enabled.

However, if you can live without journaling, /tmp and swap then it should work for a reasonable amount of time.

tredegar 02-11-2008 01:59 PM

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One of the drawbacks to this system is that it can not have journaled file system.
There's absolutely nothing to stop you installing one if you wish :)

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However, if you can live without journaling, /tmp and swap then it should work for a reasonable amount of time.
Please stop this FUD at once, and see here:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ssd_write_limit

The bottom line is that you can expect 25 years of life from the flash drive, for a heavy user. I would not expect a conventional HDD to last that long @ 6hrs/day.

Besides, if technology progresses as fast as it has done so far, I very much doubt I'll be booting my eee (or even myself ;) ) in 2033!

phantom_cyph 03-02-2008 05:03 PM

Sorry to bring this up again...

Where did you people buy yours? I can't find them anywhere. I can't find the order/purchase thing on Asus's website, Tigerdirect or Newegg don't offer them. Where are they?

tredegar 03-04-2008 12:55 PM

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Where did you people buy yours? I can't find them anywhere.
This might be easier to answer I if knew where you lived ;)
Anyway, try this thread:

http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewforum.php?id=11

... and whoever you order it from, be prepeared to wait.


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